Jumping on the train to Appreciation Station here... First of all, @nickmuirmusic played the most incredible tech-YES set at @bunkertoronto this morning. It’s something truly special to hear a set, start to finish, and completely vibe on it. A three hour set, nonetheless. On top of that tho, in amidst a world of uncertainty as an artist, it makes a difference to talk to someone with decades of experience and expertise. These conversations mean so much to musicians like me who might feel like we are tripping over ourselves, hoping something clicks. When I feel shy or like backing down, I’ll hear it in my head, “Don’t be daft.” When I get distracted by irrelevant nonsense, “Don’t be daft.” When I fight with my bottom ends because they don’t have enough depth, “Ugh, yes, getting those can be tough.” It’s very easy to trust advice coming from someone from who you’ve seen the results delivered first-hand in a red-lit basement knowing this is gig #37484728274849283748492 (approx) for the Master. Thank you for your kindness, time and talent, Nick. @robertmasoncan, myself and Canada await your return. And a big fat THANK YOU to @dowden_music @ismaeel.mustafa @torontoafterdark @noentropy___ @itspetergrande @ozzymozis @ozmozis @intakeofjake @mcflipside for being awesome and jumping to make this a success. When the shit hits the fan, look around at who is helping clean up the mess. Keep them. Those are the unsung heroes.
My friend Laura, whom I never met but share a deep connection to now, lost her best friend and the father of her 3 kids last year to an overdose. I met him in jail, where he was my bunk mate. Jail was an awful experience but meeting him was the universe putting him in my life for a reason. I reached out to her after learning of his passing. It broke my heart to know such a good guy had left this existence and I wanted her to know that his family was the only thing on his mind when we were stuck in that hellish place. She and I continue to talk and Chris has been on my mind a lot recently. Knowing I've been given such a huge opportunity yet again reminds me of how 🍀 I am, and I remember all those lost to addiction and mental illness. I wanted to let her know that I don't take any of it lightly. I feel as those their spirits are watching over me at times and I don't want their deaths to be in vain. I've often wished I had the power to change lives, to help people, to lead others out of dark and terribly lonely places. She posted this to Facebook earlier and it is just one more sign that things are really going to work out for me if I stay focused and keep their memory alive in what I do with my life. Maybe I was too full of pride, too angry, too willful, and too stubborn to see past what I was doing before and recognize how many of my problems were self-inflicted. If you feel lost, broken, or hurt, I know all too well those same feelings but there's a reason behind all of it. It might not seem like it at the time, but the universe is teaching you through that pain. It's up to us when we let ourselves out of the mental prison we have built, brick by brick, often with our own hands. But we have to do the work and let others help us find the 🔑.
There is an old Ojibwe saying:
“Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and, all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky.” It hasn't carried me this far to abandon me now. 🖤
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